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Man gets 7 years for sexually attacking two women, stabbing one

A Santa Ana man was sentenced to seven years in prison Tuesday for sexually assaulting two women and stabbing one of them in the head.

Juan Carlos Quintas, 31, pleaded guilty Tuesday to felony forced oral copulation, felony rape and two felony counts of aggravated assault with a knife. He was sentenced immediately.

Prosecutors said they negotiated the plea after taking into consideration the views of his victims.

One of the victims, a 26-year-old woman, was walking on Harbor Boulevard in Costa Mesa in 2008 when Quintas drove up  in a red pickup truck and offered to give her a ride, according to prosecutors. The victim got into the car and directed Quintas to a Motel 6, where she had a room.

According to prosecutors, Quintas drove away and parked in a secluded commercial parking lot where he pulled out a switchblade knife and pushed it against her, demanding “sex or money.” He then forced the victim at knife point to undress, prosecutors said.

Authorities said he then raped the victim as she struggled to escape. The woman was stabbed in the left temple. Quintas then cut her face and stabbed her in the stomach, prosecutors said. 

Three months later, a 23-year-old woman walking on Harbor Boulevard said Quintas pulled up in his truck, grabbed the victim by the neck and held a 4-inch knife to her. Quintas demanded sex or money and then forced her into the passenger seat of his truck where he sexually attacked her at knife point, authorities said.  

Quintas for arrested later that year when a Santa Ana police officer saw a truck matching the description of Quintas' from a law enforcement bulletin.

As part of his sentence, Quintas must register as a lifetime sex offender.


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